Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

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Don't Let Dieting Impact Your Oral Health

Like many people who need to lose a few pounds, I try diet after diet in an attempt to find one that finally works for me. I learned the hard way that I need to make sure any diet will not harm my teeth, even if it does help me lose a few pounds. I learned this lesson when following a grapefruit diet. There are many versions of this, but the version I tried had me eat a grapefruit alone several times each day. It was supposed to suppress my appetite. I helped keep me from munching on unhealthy snacks, but the acid in the fruit took a toll on my tooth enamel and I quickly started getting lots of cavities. I created this blog to remind people that change up their diets often to make sure the foods they are eating are not harming their teeth.

Why You Shouldn't Ignore The Need For A Root Canal

Has a recent visit to the dentist resulted in you needing to get a root canal? While you may think that it is not necessary, you should really listen to the recommendation of your dentist. Here are some reasons why you should get that root canal.

It Will Be More Painful Later

One reason to get a root canal right away is that it will be more convenient to have the procedure done sooner rather than later. Dental pain tends to come unexpectedly because you cannot physically see anything wrong with your teeth, and when the tooth starts hurting you'll want to do whatever it takes to cease the pain. If your dentist recommends a root canal, it is very likely that the tooth will get to the point where you experience a lot of pain if it is ignored. Do yourself the favor and have the tooth addressed now when it will not require an emergency appointment.

It Will Cause More Damage

The need for a root canal is not going to go away on its own. If the dentist sees that the tooth is infected and that there is an abscess, that infection is only going to continue to spread instead of going away. This means that the surrounding bone and gum tissue will be affected as well. If you catch the problem early enough, you won't have to worry about the abscess spreading to other parts of your mouth. In some situations, the infection can even spread to your blood and possibly reach places in your body other than your mouth.

It Can Save The Tooth

Getting a root canal done early on will mean that there is a minimal infection that needs to be cleaned out by the dentist. This actually gives you a better chance of saving the natural tooth in your mouth. It is possible that the infection gets so bad that your dentist is unable to save the tooth during a root canal. If this happens, you may have to have it pulled and replaced with an artificial tooth. It's important to save the natural tooth if possible, because its root will provide your jawbone with the necessary stimulation to keep it healthy. 

It Can Save You Money

Treating a root canal early on will save you money. You won't have a more involved procedure and you'll not need an artificial tooth. While delaying the procedure won't always cost more, you're more likely to have fewer complications by having a root canal done early. 

For more information about root canals, contact a clinic like Laveen Smiles.